Disclosed relationships. When I started my blog in 2008, these relationships did not exist. However, in building a blog that is a free community resource — many relationships are forged. Here are the few that have turned into formal relationships:
- I became an OC Parks official volunteer in 2015 and renewed my commitment in 2017. I actively volunteer in-person providing outreach at community events for the OC Parks Communications Unit to share my love for parks with others in a rewarding and more personal atmosphere. I receive no compensation for my volunteer work.
- In July 2017, I submitted a proposal to manage social media for Inside the Outdoors Foundation on their social media accounts. My proposal was accepted and I began work in August 2017 which will last through June 2018. The Foundation also happened to become a Featured Sponsor of my Nature Classes and Camps Directory in June 2017. I received compensation for the sponsorship and I will be compensated for my social media work.
Third party affiliate links. FunOrangeCountyParks.com may contain third party affiliate links on the home page and individual blog posts or pages. My intention is not to push sales, but make it easier for you to find items I may talk about by posting links. It’s up to you whether you choose to buy items or not. However, by purchasing products through my site or newsletter, I receive a very small monetary benefit. FunOrangeCountyParks.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. I may also earn income by advertising and linking to: Groupon and other businesses through ad and affiliate networks. These affiliate links may also be in my weekly newsletter.
Sponsored posts, directory listings, or product placements. I may receive compensation for sponsored posts, directory listings, or product placements. “Sponsored Posts” will be identified with a thank you to the sponsor. Free directory listings are not sponsored. However, sponsors can invest in an expanded listing where they are listed as Featured Sponsors. I announce Featured Sponsors in my weekly emails. Product Placements will have a disclosure notice at the bottom of the post. I believe I am building community by offering small businesses advertising opportunities they might not otherwise be able to afford or access. I strive to make sure there is a good fit between advertisers and readers. 2017 Sponsors include: City of Irvine, Tinkergarten, and Inside the Outdoors Foundation.
Mention of an acquaintance, friend, or family member. I have many friends in Orange County and beyond from: personal relationships, Twitter, photographers, the blogging community, groups promoting play outdoors, mom entrepreneurs, rangers, nonprofit volunteers and the list goes on and on. I refer to my friends in blog posts. It’s one of the best perks about running your own blog – I can talk about my friends and acquaintances or point out their cool products. I always try to point out my relationships in the actual post.
Received a free product, service, tour, accommodations, meals, or admission while researching a post. If I report on a “media preview” or “hosted event” — you can assume I received freebies or entrance fees so I can preview the location, activity, or food for the purpose of first-person reporting to you. I may even receive gifts from the company or organization for attending. However, this does not affect my content. I report my honest personal opinion of these events. I may also receive complimentary products to review on the website. I usually mention it in the post and in a disclosure notice at the footer of a post.
Trading ad space with a business in exchange for a product or service. The only times this has happened so far is in the case of my photographer friends who provide amazing professional photographs. They didn’t ask for anything in return, but I think it’s right to provide them some mentions for the favor.
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